I used to buy and collect comic books when I was a student, believing the shopkeeper that they make good investments. See? Another example of AK's foolishness as a youth.
After a year or so, my collection filled up two small boxes. Till today, I still have no idea how much they might be worth or how to dispose of them for a profit. They could be worth next to nothing and the only value they could have is one of entertainment whenever I take them out for a browse. An exotic investment indeed.
Of course, it is not as exotic as investing in fine vintage wines, for example. That is big money and I have read horror stories of people losing large sums of money in wine investments. Anyway, I digress but if you should be interested, here is a story I read before:
"...historically fraudsters have capitalised on people's ignorance of the wine market to offer substandard products or – because of the delay between ordering and delivery – simply taken money without securing the product in return."
Source: Investors lose millions in fine wine schemes.
One of the things I have been doing more is visiting the public library near my parents' home. I really like the comics section although it is rather small. Although the selection is more limited and the comics are not "fresh", I have been out of touch for more than two decades and whatever is available is fresh enough for me.
Here is a pic of a comic book I borrowed recently:
In it, the wizard, Alben, said:
"Nothing really belongs to us... Things come and go... Just like life itself which lasts a mere moment, disappears and is born again..."
Being more inclined towards Buddhism, this resonates with me. Reminding ourselves that nothing is permanent, we will love people who love us more while becoming more detached to everything else.
Being more conscious of impermanence could improve our mental health.
Learn not to be too affected by the price movements in the stock market, for example. (wink)
1. Three point turn.
2. Counting our blessings.
3. Be comfortable with being invested.
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